Friday, May 6, 2011

FFC-Ribbon and Pearls

Hey all. Quick post today. I am the May hostess and the first challenge I came up with was to make a card with ribbons and/or pearls. I had thought that my card would be frilly and feminine for Mother's Day, but my muse decided on tween birthday instead.

Be sure to check out the other Friday Fun Chicks.
(Sorry I can't do links from my phone but all the links are to the right.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to pamper the mama's in your life!
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Etsy Inspired White on White

This is my last week with the Etsy Inspired Challenge.  I have had so much fun and really forced myself to work outside my normal box. I love exercising my stamping muscles (especially since those are the only muscles getting any exercise lately ;))

This week the Inspiration Shop is:

Winner Prize
Any 5x7 print of winner's choice

All the layers and patterns on top of pattern just add so much texture and draw your eye into each picture.  I love it. 

Please visit our sponsor for this week:
EAD Designs

Winner prize - $25 Gift Certificate

For more information about the challenge please visit the Etsy Inspired Challenge Blog here:

Don't forget to leave some love for the entire EIC Design Team.  It has been great working with these talented ladies this month.
Kimme Leach {April Guest DT} – You are Here :)
Have a fabulous week!! 

Friday, April 29, 2011

FFC May Flowers

Hey all. Today's challenge is to make a card using May flowers (last week's challenge was April showers.) This is a simple notecard using the Unity April KOTM and Imaginisce Enchanted Fairy Trails dp and some bling from Want 2 Scrap.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge--Working Around the Clock

Hi friends.  Phew, barely made it here tonight.  My computer literally went up in smoke last weekend and I have been trying to figure out how I can get photos into blogger since then since I either have computers with photo software not on my network or on-line and no photo software.  I finally figured out that I can try it all virtually, so the pics may not be the best, but they came from my phone and have little editing, so I apologize.

Here is my project.  I got a jump start on Father's Day and figured this little coaster album will be something fun for my girls to give to Daddy this year.  I can't get to my photos right now, but I know we have a couple of the girls "helping" Daddy work on his car that he would love to be able to keep at his desk at work.  I'll just have to add those later.

This week's inspiration shop is Bearly Art:  
This is the clock that inspired me:

Isn't that a cool clock?  It is actually painted vinyl record.  The ultimate in cool artistic recycling. 

One winner this week will receive a clock of their choice of those in stock at Bearly Art.  I am seriously going to order a couple of these because they are sooo cool.

This week's sponsor is Sassy Cheryl's
One winner will receive a $5 gift certificate from her store.
Make sure to check out what the rest of the Design Team has done this week.
Kimme Leach {April Guest DT} – You are Here :)

I hope to get a new lappy soon and be back to regular posting :)  

Have a Wonderfully Blessed Easter.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge

I am doing a little catching up and combined the InStyle Stamps Color Challenge with this weeks Etsy Inspired Challenge. 

Shop: Creating is Fun
Winner Prize
any ONE item of winner's choice

There are some really cool vintage items in the shop.  I was inspired by these pear buttons


And all the different flowered trim

image image image

and the colors in this set are how I was able to combine the two challenges



Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps
About Robyn’s Fetish
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Winner prize -
Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More will award either 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 paper set of the winner's choice to the winner of this challenge.

Be sure to check out the awesome Etsy Inspired Challenge design team to see what they have created.

Emily B.
Kimme Leach {April Guest DT} – You are Here :)

Have a great weekend

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sneaking in some Friday Fun

It’s April 15th so Sherry challenged:

It’s Tax Day and since you have to FILE by today I want you to make a FILE Folder Notebook.

Tutorial here:

I made mine super simple and a little masculine.  My husband will actually use these little notebooks and padfolios when we are working on household projects.  The receipts and paint samples etc can go on one side and he can write down all the measurements on the other.  I think he will appreciate using this one more than one with flowers and ribbon on it :)

I know that Christi has hers up as well, but I think the other girls had problems with supplies so they may be filing late ;)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

InStyle Stamps April Color Challenge

Ugh!  I am still down and out with this bug and I think the kids are getting it too so I apologize that I have not stamped anything yet for the Color Challenge over at the InStyle Stamps Blog.  I did want to be sure to show you the color inspiration piece though:


Some great colors to pull out of this one.  I hope you are enjoying your day and as soon as I can get back to the craft table I will be showing you what I come up with.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge-Vintage Style

Hey guys.  I have a card for you today and I combined it with yesterday’s FFC, so it’s a two-fer.  But it counts because Sherry is on the Etsy Inspired Design Team too :) 

Think Fast Designs (Kim Kesti's Etsy shop) Kim is offering 10% off with the code "THINKFASTPLEASE"

Winner Prize
Winners choice of one of her Vintage Pendant Necklaces

Nikki Sivils

Winner prize:
One Niki Sivils "collection" pack (paper and embellies)!

Now for my card:

As I stated earlier I combined this with Sherry’s 37 challenge yesterday.  Three ribbons and 7 embellishments.  I hope that parts of twine and lace count as ribbon, and I used the needle and the pink pearls as my 7 embellishments.  I actually started this card with the pink pearls and built the card around them. 

Here is the piece I was inspired by in Kim’s shop:


Isn’t that gorgeous?  I love it! 

Check out what the design team has done:

Emily B.
Kimme Leach {April Guest DT} – You are Here :)
And Kim Kesti is joining the team this week as well.

Have a great week :)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Friday Fun says Happy Birthday Sherry!!!

Please bare with me.  I don’t have a card up for today.  I am STILL fighting this ickiness that I have had for 6 weeks now and am starting my second round of antibiotics.  I feel blah and have headaches for a week or so now, so I will get a card up as soon as I can.  I wanted to still put up a post to say Happy Birthday to Sherry who celebrated this week. 
As our hostess sherry writes:
37 is an important number for me this week, so the challenge is to use 3 different Ribbons and 7 embellishments – You can use 7 of the same or mix it up, but you need to use 7.  Stitching and paper-piercing count for one embellishment in each place you use it.
It’s a great challenge and I hope to get to it as soon as I can sit at my desk.
Check out the other Friday Fun Chicks
Sherry ~ Posting late
Jimmi ~ Posting late

Thursday, April 7, 2011

InStyle Stamps Sneak Peak & a Sketch

It’s Sneak Week over at the InStyle Stamps Blog.  I used this month’s sketch to make a card for you.


Here is the sketch so that you can play along:


And with the scraps of the Green at Heart from BasicGrey I made another card.

The stamp set is called Patty’s Appreciation and has several adorable stamps to help you say Thank You.  Be sure to stop by and put it in your basket on Friday. 

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Etsy Inspired Challenge

Guess what?  I am the Guest Designer this month over at the Etsy Inspired Challenge.  Pretty cool, right!  

This week’s inspiration store is XS Baggage & Co

They are offering a prize of a gadget keeper to one lucky person this week and a coupon of 10% off for all that visit using the code “inspired”

The sponsor this week is Wax Fruit Company





They will be giving away a gift certificate to one lucky winner this week.

Here is the Geek Sleeve that I used for inspiration this week:


I liked the ruffle and the green color.  I was so inspired by the fabric that I didn’t use any designer paper on the card, but used fabric instead. 

Be sure to check out the Design Team's Blogs for more inspiration so you can get your creative juices flowing and win one of those great prizes!

Emily B.
Kimme (ME) {April Guest Designer}

Friday, April 1, 2011

Faux Friday Fun

Happy April Fools Day!  Are you doing anything tricky today?  I don’t think my kids would enjoy being tricked yet, so I guess I’m out this year…….except for this challenge.  Sherry is our April host and has challenged us to use a faux technique today in honor of April Fools Day.  I got really stumped on this one, so I went with the Faux Tile technique, but just did one big tile rather than break it up, so I guess it’s not really the same thing, haha.  I tried.

I used BasicGrey’s Curio paper with some white and kraft card stock.  I think I did a pretty good job at making the image panel look like a sepia photo.  I colored with my Copic markers and then used the air brush to add a bit of color and aging.  I had a lot of fun pulling out all my vintage accessories and piecing them together on this card.
Now go see what the other Friday Fun Chicks have done.
Have a great day!

Friday, March 25, 2011


**For the InStyle Stamps Blog Hop please scroll down to the next post :)**

Hiya.  I know, 2 posts in one day.  WOW!  Today we were to make a bookmark.  I happened to make a bookmark as a sample at CHA, so I cheated a little and am showing you that.  :)

The name of the stamp set is Tia and Cuddles from InStyle Stamps.  I made the ribbon extra long so that you can find your page easily.  The bookmarks actually fold over your page and I have thin magnets on the inside so that even if your book gets dropped the bookmark will stay put. 

Check out what the other Friday Fun Chicks have done:

Sara is back with us :)
and Jimmi has a brand new stamping blog and a separate shopping blog.  HOW COOL IS THAT?

March ISS Blog Hop

Hippity Hoppity Spring is in the air with the InStyle Stamps Chicks today.  You should have hopped here from Axa’s Blog, if not you want to go back to the InStyle Stamps Blog to start at the beginning so you don’t miss any of the loveliness these ladies have created today.

Here is my simple little card:

I used the last of my sample pack of Bazzil’s Grandma’s Feather Bed pack.  Bummer!!!  But I also used the first of my bakers twine from The Twinery  YAY!  The flowers are from Tia and Cuddles He Has Risen set. 

Next you should go to Sherry to see what she has for you. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Baaaaaaa-sket InSpiration

It is InSpiration challenge day over at the InStyle Stamps blog today. 

The InSpiration piece is pretty cool:


When I saw the lines of the house and the levels it reminded me of basket weave.  So here is my little basket:

So I mimicked the colors a little by using the craft and the green and the golden egg candies reminded me of the glowing lights in the house.  I thought instead of the typical grass in the basket some cotton balls would be a fun play on the sheep.  What do EWE think?  Baaa-aaa-aaa.  Be sure to check out the InStyle Stamps Blog and show us what you come up with.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Fun Challenge- By the Numbers

Today’s challenge Christi says: This weekend is Daylight Savings. Today use numbers on your project. You get bonus points, if you actually use a clock. ;o)  No bonus points for me, oh well.  I knew right away that I would use my Cupcake designer paper by BasicGrey as it has a sheet with numbers on it.  Then, yesterday I saw that "31 Cupcake Inspired Creations" on was released by Maria Nerius.  There are some seriously cute projects in there, and it’s FREE.  So then I wanted to make a cupcake card and guess what, part of the Cupcake dp has some sprinkles paper.  So this is what I did:

I used my Once Upon A Princess cartridge and used my Cricut to cut out the cupcake and the #3.  I used my Nestabilities for the ovals and traced the cut lines with my blue gel pen.  The larger sprinkles were colored with the blue gel pen and then a drop of Tiara Stickles were added on top for more dimension and a sugary look.

See what the other Fabulous Friday Fun chicks have done:


And you can download “31 Cupcake Inspired Creations E-Book” here:


I hope you enjoy your weekend.  I’m hoping to get outside at some point and to craft some too.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

InStyle Stamps March Color Challenge

The weather has become much more mild here and the skies have turned from grey to blue, SPRING is almost here!!!!  Today over at the InStyle Stamps blog we have a great springy color challenge.


Here is my take on this.  I used BasicGrey’s Hopschotch paper which has all the colors in it.

The image is from Tia and Cuddles He Has Risen. 

This card uses the following additional challenges:
Pile It On- Up Up and Away-Inspired by things in the sky
Tuesday Throwdown – Using Scraps (Only the Pink Pirouette was cut from a full sheet of cs)
My Time to Craft Challenge- Use Jewels
Crop Stop Challenge-Sketch and use Spellbinders products

Let’s see what you’ve got!  Be sure to share a link to your challenge card on the InStyle Stamps blog.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Operation Write Home Bunny Hop

Nana nana nana-nana nana NA, Na na nana-na-na HOP HOP HOP!  Ok that’s my best attempt at singing the Bunny Hop.  I hope you are enjoying the Operation Write Home Bunny Hop so far.  You should have hopped here from the InStyle Stamps Blog, if not you will want to go back to the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog to get the full list of hop stops.

Remember if you would like to donate any Easter cards the deadline is March 18 and Mother's Day cards must be to the shippers by March 31.  This helps insure that the cards can make it to their destinations in plenty of time for our troops to send home to their loved ones.  If you have never sent cards to OWH before the list of their shippers and all the information you need to know can be found here.

I am a sucker for sketches.  Did you know that you can find a new sketch for inspiration every Sunday on the Operation Write Home Stars and Stamps Blog?  They have an index of all their sketches here.

I used last weeks sketch #54 for this card using Honey Bunny the freebie from the InStyle Stamps Blog:

And here is a Spring/Easter card using InStyle Stamps Tia and Cuddles He is Risen:


A few of my personal tips for sending in cards to Operation Write Home:
*Generic is a good thing.  ~I tend to leave off sentiments so that cards can be used for any occasion.  The second card here can really be used for Easter, Mother’s Day or any other time depending on the needs of the shippers.
*Use good quality adhesive around the outside edges of the panels.  ~I have collected cards in the past to send in and seen many people use a lot of adhesive in the center of the layer but none on the edges.  In the shipping and sorting process cards can get stacked and edges that are not stuck down well get caught and the layer will pop right off.
*Keep it simple.  ~Embellishments can come off causing cards to go to the card hospital, and too much bulk on a card means fewer cards can be mailed in a box. 

Now make sure you hop on over to Barb at

Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Fun

This week’s Friday Fun Challenge is brought to you by Christi.  She has challenged us to make a card based on this book cover:


Here is my card.  All the papers are from Stampin’ Up! and a sticker from SRM Stickers.

I know, clean and simple….Can you believe it? 

Be sure to check out what Christi, Jimmi and Sherry have done too.

I’ll be back tomorrow for the Operation Write Home Bunny Hop.  Be prepared for your fingers to get tired from hopping along to over 130 blogs for a great cause.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Wanna Peak?

As promised, I am back with my sample for the InStyle Stamps sketch challenge and a peak at the new set “Tia and Cuddles He is Risen.” 

Look how cute Cuddles is sitting there all innocently after tracking blue paint across the floors.  Isn’t she adorable? 

Here is a look at the basket from the set:

The polka dot pattern on my ribbon was a little too busy, so I used the back side of the ribbon to  make the pattern more subtle.  This card uses the new Grandma’s Feather Bed from Bazzill Basics Paper. 

This set will be available for purchase in store on Friday.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ISS Sketch Challenge

Hey all.  It's the first Wednesday of the month which means it is sketch challenge day at the InStyle Stamps blog.  It is another fabulous sketch and it is Release WEEK! So you will have to wait until tomorrow to see my card using one of our fabulous new sets.

Here is the sketch, please join us and add a link at the InStyle Stamps Blog post. 

Friday, February 25, 2011

InStyle Stamps Blog Hop

Hi all!  It’s the last Friday of the month so we are going to hop along with the InStyle Stamps design team today.  You should have hopped here directly from the InStyle Stamps Blog, if not you will want to start there so you don’t miss anything. Also, I am combining my efforts and my project doubles for this week’s Friday Fun Challenge, and since I didn’t get a post up last week, I decided to incorporate that challenge in too. 

The theme for this month’s hop is celebrating friends.  I decided to make a little seed packet pouch because friends are like flowers, they each add a special bit of beauty and joy to your life. 

The image is on a belly band which slides off and reveals the sentiment and the seed packet inside.  This was a fast and fun project, but I hope you enjoy it. 


Now you should hop over to Karin’s blog to see what she has created.

Also, be sure to stop by and see what the other Friday Fun Chicks have done with this week’s challenge to use PLAID on a card.  Last week the challenge was to use at least 3 circles on your creation, the BasicGrey paper I chose for this project took care of both of those challenges.  See what Jimmi, Sherry, and Christi have done.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

InStyle Stamps February InSpiration Challenge

It’s Wednesday, that means it’s challenge time at the InStyle Stamps blog. 

Here is the InSpiration piece:


Let’s take a look at my card:

If you look closely you can see the microbeads I added coming from the watering can which makes it look a little like water. 

I took inspiration from the window in the picture to create the layout.  The decorative paper is from Bazzill’s new Grandma’s Feather Bed line and matches the wallpaper in the piece pretty well.

Please play along with us and you can win a prize.  See the InStyle Stamps Blog for more details.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine’s Day Blog Hop

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  Today we are celebrating with style and hopping along a gazillion blogs.  Thanks to Taylor Usry for organizing this hop filled with wonderfully talented ladies and awesome prizes from some great companies.  To find out more information please see Taylor’s blog. 

You should have hopped here from Jane Matsumoto’s Blog.

I decided that my girl’s teacher needs an extra special Valentine this year.  I mean, she deals with 20ish 4 and 5 year olds every day for 6 hours and I know that I depend on her to give me a  break from just 2 5 year olds.  So what is the traditional Valentine’s gift?  A dozen flowers.  Here are my sweet caramel kiss dozen of flowers.


I gave my Cricut a work out today making these little hearts for the flowers and several other hearts for the kids to make Valentine’s at school tomorrow and Tuesday at their parties.  (I’ll show you those later ;) )

As I said before the list of hoppers is tremendous:

Taylor Usry -
Libby Hickson -
Cindy Coutts -
Cyndi Bundy -
Amber Hillman -
Angelique Nederpel -
Tanya Johnson -
Suzi McKenzie -
Cathy Wallington -
Pam Hornschu -
Wendy Price -
Patricia Hays -
Maria Levine -
Sandie Dunne -
Juanita Gillen -
Janelle Stollfus -
Mary Collins -
Berenice Rendon -
Cheryl Gorka -
Jessica Fitzgerald -
Dee Morris - -
Darsie Bruno -
Sandy Allnock -
Margie Cortina -
Kathy Fronczak -
Cat Darling -
Joyce Martens (Jolara) -
Erin Leveille -
Gudrun Loennecken-
Mackenzie Bruckler -
Melissa (Pink Cat) -
Patty Tanuz -
Emily Leiphart -
Jane Matsumoto -
Kimme Leach -<3 YOU ARE HERE <3
Kerry Kung -
Heather Lee-Reppen -
Rachel Sztonyk -
Jennifer Dove -
Lysa Q-
Erica Johnson-Wanzer -
Tina Kiehn -
Sugar Whiting -
Karin Martin -
Sunghee Chon -
Tanis Palmer -
Lindsey Martin-Penny -
Kristi Parker Van Doren -
Julie Elak -
Alison Heikkila -
Audrey E -
Laura Drahozal -
Louise Healy -
Wendy Jordan -
Lynell Harlow -
Terrece Siddoway -
Liz Martin -
Kim Reid -
Beth Ranney-Thomas -

Be sure to leave comments along the way.  We have 19 companies offering 21 prizes for comments left on the blogs.  You have until 6pm EST on Thursday to leave a comment, prizes will be posted on Friday.   

So this means that you need to hop on over to see Kerry now. 

Oh, and if you happen to see any of the Hershey Kisses with caramel in your store, pick up as many bags as you can.  I plan on buying them all out around here today.  They are AWESOME!!!

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!!